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List of people from the Dutch Golden Age

The Dutch Golden Age was a period in Dutch history, roughly equivalent to the 17th Century, in which trade, science and art were top ranking in the world.

The accompanying article about the Dutch Golden Age focusses on society, religion and culture. There is also an article about the Eighty Years War, the Dutch Revolt against Spain. A concise broader picture is painted in History of the Netherlands.

People are listed here per category in order of year of birth.

Categories are: Science / Painting / Architecture / Literature / Sculpture / Music / Politics / Military

Table of contents
1 Science
2 Painting
3 Architecture
4 Literature
5 Sculpture
6 Music
7 Exploration
8 Politics
9 Military



The most famous Dutch painters of the 17th century were
Less famous painters from this period were


The most famous Dutch architects of the 17th century were
Less famous architects from this period were


The most famous Dutch men of letters of the 17th century were Less famous literary men from this period were


Dutch sculpturists of the 17th century were


The most famous Dutch composers of the 17th century were
Less famous composers/musicians from this period were




Many Dutchmen from this period had a middle name ending on szoon, which means son of. It is also commonly written as sz., for instance Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn.